RAIDERS (1-2) VS. SEAHAWKS (2-1)
7 p.m., Thursday, Oakland Coliseum
TV: KTVU (Beth Mowins, Matt Millen, Nicole Zaloumis, John Tournour)
Radio: 95.7 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)
Raiders by 2 1/2
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Connor Cook vs. Seahawks backups. OK, so we’re stretching here. The starters will see very little, if any, time for either team and this is the most meaningless of the four meaningless preseason games. Even if Cook excels, it’s not like he’ll be doing so against the Legion of Boom. But still, the Seattle defense he’ll face has been getting that same coaching and the Seahawks have yet to allow more than 18 points in any of their three preseason games. Cook has looked reasonably comfortable on the field and the Raiders hope to see more of that Thursday — then not see him on a field in a game again until next August.
STATS TO LIVE BY
Two of the top five rushers in the NFL this preseason will be in the house with Seattle’s Christine Michael (157 yards) and the Raiders’ George Atkinson III (135). That’s after Nos. 3 and 4 were at the Coliseum on Saturday in Tennessee’s Derrick Henry (154) and DeMarco Murray (153) . … The Raiders’ 5.6 yards per carry this preseason is third-best in the NFL and they rank tied for eight in rushing yards. … Oakland quarterbacks have been sacked just once in three preseason games. No other team has been sacked fewer than four times. … The Raiders have allowed 149.7 rushing yards per game, fourth-worst in the NFL.
Where do we start? Gotta be outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, the former Seahawk in his first season with the Raiders. He probably won’t play, but can catch up with some old friends. Three other Raiders linebackers are also former Seahawks in Malcolm Smith, Korey Toomer and John Lotulelei. Why are so many former Seattle linebackers now in Oakland? Well, Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. is the former Seahawks linebackers coach. Raiders DBs coach Marcus Robertson also played two seasons in Seattle and offensive line coach Mike Tice played 10 seasons with the Seahawks. Former Raiders coach Tom Cable is the Seahawks’ assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
The Raiders have closed out the last 11 preseasons by facing the Seahawks, with this just the third that’s been in Oakland. Seattle won last year’s game 31-21. Seth Roberts had seven catches for 110 yards and a touchdown and Matt McGloin completed 16 of 24 passes for 186 yards and two TDs. Seattle has a 10-4 lead in the all-time preseason series while the Raiders own a 28-24 advantage in the regular season against their former AFC West rivals.
Tight end Gabe Holmes was finally placed on IR for the Raiders, who also remain without defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. Linebacker Neiron Ball appears unlikely to play after missing practice all week. It’s worth wondering if he could end up on IR if his oft-surgically repaired knee remains an issue.
THE WEATHER FACTOR
“Obviously, Thursday is going to be what it is, but it’s going to be an opportunity for our younger guys to get out there and do what they do.” — Raiders DE Khalil Mack epitomizing what the fourth preseason game is like for a Pro Bowl player